Basketball: Adams hurt again in pre-season

Steven Adams dribbles against Real Madrid as part of the 2016 Global Games. Photo / Getty Images
Steven Adams dribbles against Real Madrid as part of the 2016 Global Games. Photo / Getty Images

Kiwi NBA basketball star Steven Adams limped out of training this morning with another injury just two weeks out from the start of the new season.

The Oklahoma City Thunder big man was just returning from a slight ankle injury he picked up in Spain earlier in the pre-season.

He went up for a dunk between two defenders and then collapsed on the ground. He got to his feet and walked under hiw own power to the locker room.

There was no immediate update given with Thunder coach Billy Donovan telling OKC beat writer Erik Horne of newsOK.com that he didn't know much about the injury at all.

"It's hard for me to say even if that didn't happen he'd play tomorrow," Donovan said, adding that he didn't know if the injury Adams sustained Thursday was to his right or left ankle.

"We'll see what happens. Obviously it was pretty soon. I was in there pretty quickly after it happened just to see how he was doing. I don't think it's anything too severe, at least that's the first impression.

But, again, we've been kinda evaluating him each day to see where he's at so I'm sure by tomorrow we'll find out more before we leave and go to Tulsa."

Adams was expected to be the Thunder's lynchpin defensively this season while he is also being asked to help more on offense with superstar Kevin Durant leaving the Thunder for the Golden State Warriors in the off-season.

- NZ Herald

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